I'm considering building a cabinet for my contractor saw and router
similar to this:
My biggest concern would be finding stable casters. The casters on my
roll around tool chest easily hold hundreds of pounds and the brakes
lock securely, but there is no way to stop the two swivel casters from
Any experiences here building one of these saw cabinets? What worked
and what didn't?
If you take a look at your tool chest again, I am pretty sure you will see
that two are fixed and two are swivel with brakes.
This does a pretty good job of keeping things from moving. How well the
design will work on a TS is another question. My fear is that you might end
up taking them off after they start moving with something heavy on the
table, or ripping a long board.
Take notice on how the commercial ones are made. All with retractable
wheels. Might be something to copy.
I built a cabinet that fits under my contractors saw and is the size of
the saw table including extensions, with an extended portion under the
motor. I put 6 swivel casters under it. The cabinet contains a planer,
a scroll saw, a couple of grinders, a couple of routers, a sabre saw, a
power saw, and probably a few things I've forgotten.
Lots of weight, no brakes, the cabinet never moves. In fact, it's
pretty hard to push around :-).
Second the motion.
I put my contractors saw on a 2'x4' base with lots of drawers with lots of
iron in them on 6 3" diameter swivel castors rubber tired. I planned to
make some wedges to drive under the bottom to hold it in place. Never
It took a lot of whole body english to move that beast from one end of the
shop to the other last night.
Did the same for my workbench, weighs about 300 pounds. It doesn't move
when I plane tree pieces to put on my lathe.
If you put the swivel casters at the opposite end of the saw you may not
have any problem at all. My 3 caster mobile unit under my Jet cabinet saw
has a single swivel caster under the table extension end and 2 fixed casters
at the front and back of the saw cabinet. I Never have to lock the casters
to keep it from moving when sawing.
I know that Bench Dog router tables have casters and screw down
legs/feet so you lift the table off of the casters with the feet when
you are going to use it.
It is a bit of a pain if you need move it often but provides a pretty
solid base otherwise.
Simplest solution would be to buy WoodCraft's Universal Mobile Base Kit
and build your under-saw cabinet with a 3/4" bottom. Bolt the extra HD
mobile base corners into place and you'd have a nice setup. Sets down
on adjustable steel legs, lifts on two fixed and two swivel casters.
I'm using this setup on my Unisaw which weighs in over 420 pounds IIRC,
and it moves, levels, and locks like a charm.
I built a modified version of Popular WW's Little Shop:
I put 4 of the swivel casters from Woodcraft on the thing, have it loaded down
with various power
tools in the storage space, and can still roll it with one finger in my
gara...shop. I started off
locking all 4 wheels, but now I usually lock only 2 on one of the long sides,
usually the front
because that's where I'm standing at the time. My floor is pretty level, so
those two wheels are
all it takes unless it is something heavy or really bulky like a sheet of ply.
I like these casters a lot. I will eventually replace all my others with these,
and do away with
all my fixed casters. I find it much easier to shove the TS diagonally to get
it out of the way,
rather than parking it as you would with fixed casters. It's a little thing, I
admit, but very
handy. Kind of like a remote for the dust collector. I don't need it, but I
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